About Antal Bejczy

Born in Hungary in 1930, graduated from high school in Kalocsa with excellence in 1948. Started electrical engineering studies at the Technical University of Budapest. He left Hungary in 1956 and went to Norway where he received Ph.D. degree with excellence in applied physics at the University of Oslo, Norway, in 1963. He was teaching at that university until 1966. He went to CALTECH in California with a NATO/Fulbright fellowship as a Senior Research Fellow in 1966, working on optimal control and nonlinear filtering problems. He joined JPL as a Member of the Technical Staff in 1969.  Robotics and its application in space exploration became his major research interest at JPL. He initiated work on sensing based intelligence in robot control, published over 160 technical papers and 11 book chapters on topics in sensing, dynamic modeling, control, telepresence, virtual environments, and human-machine interaction in robotics. He became a Senior Research Scientist in 1985 and was a Technical Manager of the robotics program at JPL for eight years. He was Principal Investigator of a robot arm force-torque sensor flight experiment on the Space Shuttle in 1994. He was also an Affiliate Professor in Systems Science and Mathematics at Washington University, St. Louis, MO since 1983, with the duty of establishing and maintaining graduate studies in robotics. There he supervised ten Ph.D. students in their work in robotics in eleven years.
 
Dr. Bejczy was a frequent organizer of tutorials, workshops and sessions on robotics at the conferences of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He gave lectures on robotic topics at twenty four universities in nine countries. He was Chairman of the IEEE Control System Society Technical Committee on Robotics and Automation from 1983 to 1985, General Chairman of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in San Francisco, CA in 1986, and President of the IEEE Council of Robotics and Automation in 1987 when he helped transform the Council to the current IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) with about seven thousand members. He served as a member of the governing board for the IEEE RAS during 1989-1991, and reelected for 1994-1999. He was the General Chair of the 8th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR) in Monterey, CA in 1997 and the General Co-Chair of the 10th ICAR in Budapest, Hungary in 2001, and Program Co-Chair for the 11th ICAR in Coimbra, Portugal, in 2003. He received 43 NASA innovation awards, and holds 7 U.S. patents. He received the IEEE Fellow grade in 1987 for “Contributions to the theory and applications of robotics,” the Jean Vertut Award of the SME&RI for “Remote application of robotic technology” in 1991 the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, in 1994 the NASA Flight Experiment Achievement Award, in 2000 the IEEE Third Millennium Medal., and in 2004 the IEEE RAS Pioneer Award - He is listed in the Marquis “Who’s Who in America.”
 
He served as a curatorium member of the Zoltan Bay Foundation for Applied Sciences in Budapest from 1993 till 1999. He received the Gabor Baross and György Széchenyi awards in Hungary in 1997 and 1998, recognizing his scientific and technological accomplishments and loyalty to his Alma Mater. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Bánki Donát Polytechnic in Budapest since 1999. - Retired from JPL in October, 2001 after 32 years of service, but continues lecturing and consulting work. - He resides with his wife for 47 years, Margit, in Pasadena, CA.  Both are U.S. citizens since 1978.